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Editorial

Index of tables

  1. EU regulatory: Chemicals and environment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Lucas Bergkamp - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
    • Ruxandra Cana - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
    • Claudio Mereu - Fieldfisher
    • Jean-Philippe Montfort - Mayer Brown
    • Gauthier van Thuyne - Allen & Overy LLP

Next generation lawyers

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    • Maud Grunchard - Fieldfisher

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Allen & Overy LLP’s group provides ‘to-the-point advice’ and ‘works seamlessly with the in-house team’. Environmental and regulatory law head Gauthier van Thuyne is ‘a leading expert in his field’ and is acting as lead REACH counsel to Procter & Gamble. The firm also has expertise in complex litigation, waste management and transactional support matters. Other clients include Cargill, Colgate-Palmolive and Eurobat.

Responsive and well-resourced’, Fieldfisher’s team is ‘without peer in the EU chemical regulatory area’, according to some. Group head Claudio Mereu, praised for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’, recently advised Sea-Bird Scientific on hazardous waste restrictions. Koen Van Maldegem and ‘up-and-coming’ of counsel Maud Grunchard are also recommended.

Best of the best’, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP scores highly for its ‘professional and thorough lawyers’, with group head Lucas Bergkamp providing ‘unparalleled insight into all EU regulatory issues’. The team is well known for its expertise in compliance and policy matters and is routinely instructed by major multinational corporations and industry groups. Highlights included assisting the Lower Olefins and Aromatics REACH Consortium with legal and regulatory issues.

Ursula Schliessner’s practice at Jones Day is particularly adept in REACH matters, CLP, enforcement procedures and European Chemicals Agency( ECHA) Board of Appeal cases. Recent work includes managing a group of 28 companies seeking REACH authorisation for the use of eight chromium compounds.

Mayer Brown’s group is led by Jean-Philippe Montfort, who has a strong record in REACH and EU product safety and liability matters. Montford is representing BASF Agro in an action for annulment against an EU implementing regulation concerning the conditions of approval of fipronil in plant protection products.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has ‘good knowledge of REACH legislation’, with Ruxandra Cana singled out as a ‘sector specialist’. The broad environment and life sciences group, which is well versed in contentious and compliance matters, also draws upon the expertise of Anna Gergely and Darren Abrahams. Highlights included successfully representing 11 titanium dioxide producers in obtaining the annulment of the first European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) decision on nanoforms.

Ashurst LLP has strong experience in hazard labelling, REACH, waste regulations and the emissions trading system. Among other matters, life sciences head Denis Waelbroeck is representing Syngenta Crop Protection in its EU Court action against the EC’s decision to ban its seed treatment products.

DLA Piper’s diverse practice spans environmental litigation, defence of environmental prosecutions, REACH matters, waste management and transactional support. Litigator Bob Martens advised Suez on deploying a new form of waste collection for recycling purposes.

K&L Gates GP’s Scott Megregian, who splits his time between Brussels and London, is the key contact in a practice that handles REACH, CLP, transport and storage of hazardous substances and biocides and pesticides regulations. The firm successfully represented Emerald Performance Materials in an ECHA appeal.

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